Glories of Turkey

Experience the ancient, oriental cities of Turkey on a 15-day tour that will take you to all the exquisite sites of these metropolis' cultural meccas!
Experience the ancient, oriental cities of Turkey on a 15-day tour that will take you to all the exquisite sites of these metropolis' cultural meccas! Delve into the stunning scenery and rich historic legacy of the country. Explore Turkey's beautiful coastline, spectacular icons and experience legendary Turkish hospitality. You'll marvel at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Cappadocia's memorizing landscape and much more on an absolute Turkish adventure!
15 Days from $2775/person CAD

Primary Location

Turkey

Departures

Various Thursday Departures from March to October, 2020

Included:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers from and to Istanbul Airport

Not Included:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • All prices are per person
  • Children less than five years of age and unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 cannot be accepted on these tours
  • City tax is applicable not included (paid directly at the hotel)

Optional Extras:

  • Dinner with Belly Dancing Entertainment on Day 2
  • Dinner at a local restaurant on Day 4
  • Kos Island Excursion on Day 7
  • Early Morning Hot Air-Balloon Ride on Day 12
  • Whirling Dervishes Performance on Day 12

Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO TURKEY

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

DAY 2: ISTANBUL

Enjoy a full-day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th-century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. Meals: B

DAY 3: ISTANBUL > GALLIPOLI > DARDANELLES > CANAKKALE

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many famous battles during WWI. Visit the Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight stay. Meals: B, D

DAY 4: CANAKKALE > TROY > PERGAMUM > IZMIR

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving at Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for overnight. Optional: Dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: B, L

DAY 5: IZMIR > EPHESUS & ST. MARY'S HOUSE > IZMIR

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 6: IZMIR > BODRUM

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St. Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in the 2000s. Dinner and Overnight in Bodrum. Meals: B, D

DAY 7: BODRUM > KOS > BODRUM

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum. Meals: B

DAY 8: BODRUM > PAMUKKALE

After breakfast, drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. Meals: B, D

DAY 9: PAMUKKALE > ANTALYA

After breakfast depart for Antalya, dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

DAY 10: ANTALYA > PERGE > ASPENDOS > ANTALYA

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at the hotel. Meals: B, D

DAY 11: ANTALYA > CAPPADOCIA

Early morning departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th-century Caravansaray and later visit the underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Meals: B, D

DAY 12: CAPPADOCIA

Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which were first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high-quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Meals: B, D

DAY 13: CAPPADOCIA > ANKARA

Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area, Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner at a special local restaurant and overnight at Ankara. Meals: B, D

DAY 14: ANKARA > ISTANBUL

After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last-minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 15: ISTANBUL DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Meals: B